Does having chickenpox as a child make you more susceptible to shingles?
I thought it was the other way around...but my grandmother keeps telling im im going to get shingles because i had the chickenpox as a kid
- PatriciaLv 710 months ago
You might get shingles, you might not. Most people do not
- sparrowLv 710 months ago
Yes. Because it's the same virus that strikes again, only this time, in the nerves.
That's what shingles is. Chicken pox virus that has infected the nerves, and it's
very painful. If you've never had chicken pox, then this cannot happen.
- 10 months ago
Your grandmother is right. But not everybody who has had chickenpox gets shingles., very few in fact. Usually when old or immune compremised.
- The First DragonLv 710 months ago
Yes. In fact, you cannot get shingles unless you have had chickenpox at some time. When you get chickenpox, the virus stays in your system inactive for the rest of your life; this is why you cannot get chickenpox again.
But on rare occasions, in a person who has had chickenpox, the virus becomes active again and produces shingles.
Since shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus, a person who is not immune to chickenpox can catch it from a person with shingles. However, unlike chickenpox itself, the virus from shingles is not airborne, but is spread by direct contact.
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- RichardLv 610 months ago
yes, she is correct
- - Mé -Lv 710 months ago
It's true that having chicken pox is a risk factor to have shingles later in life, but it's not something that WILL happen. It can happen but it's not a given.
- seedy historyLv 710 months ago
People who have had chicken pox are the people who are susceptible to Shingles because chicken pox will live in your spine for the rest of your life and certain events, conditions, stress, roll of the dice... MIGHT cause it to be released and manifest itself as Shingles. Shingles is very contagious as Chicken Pox. Through it is created inside the body, it is an airborne illness as Chicken Pox. It is not contagious as Shingles. Chicken Pox is not contagious as Shingles. You can not catch Shingles. But, yes, again, People who have had Chicken Pox are susceptible, sometimes, to Shingles.
- pearlmarLv 710 months ago
Yes it does. I had chickenpox which makes me more susceptible to shingles but I never got the shot because it's very expensive. I'm 86 years old and never had shingles. Only a very small percentage of people get them.
My husband had chicken pox, never got the shot and he's fine at age 90.
Ignore your grandmother.
- MurzyLv 710 months ago
it does so get the shingles vaccine
- SusieLv 710 months ago
You have to have had chickenpox in order to get shingles. There is a vaccine for shingles. I’m not sure but I think it’s about a 30% chance of getting shingles after having chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays dormant in your body and can “reactivate” as shingles later in life.